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Jules Taylor OTQ Chardonnay 2017

Jules Taylor OTQ Chardonnay 2017
Sustainable, Vegan
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Jules Taylor was born in Blenheim in the early 70s, just as the fledgling local wine industry began planting its first vines. 

In 2000, Jules was appointed winemaker at Kim Crawford’s Marlborough Winery and appreciation of her style of winemaking led to the brand’s explosive international growth in the five years of the new century. Concurrently, Kim insisted that she make wine under her own label, and the first vintage of Jules Taylor Wines was in 2001

Jules left in Kim Crawford 2008 to focus on her own brand full-time with her business partner and husband, George Elworthy. Since then her Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Grüner Veltliner, Chardonnay and Late-Harvest Sauvignon Blanc have received many awards and citations and the prestigious International Wine and Spirits Competition named Jules Taylor Wines New Zealand Producer of the Year 2013.

Small production, ultra-premium wines.

Jules focuses on single blocks of ultra-premium Marlborough fruit in order to express the elegant terroir of this prized growing region in New Zealand. While Jules owns no acreage, she has exclusive contracts with growers who farm to her specifications and she regularly visits the vineyards in the months leading to harvest to check on the fruit.

Jules divides her time between the enjoyable rigor of winemaking with raising the couple’s two children, Lui and Nico, and enjoying the numerous athletic opportunities afforded in the Marlborough region.

Wine Specs
Vineyard Designation
Meadowbank Vineyard, Taylor Pass, Marlborough
Bottling Date
29 March 2018
Residual Sugar
0.8 g/L
Alcohol %
Robert Parker
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
COLOUR This wine has a luscious golden hue tinged with a hint of green. NOSE This Chardonnay shows concentrated notes of stone-fruits and citrus. These combine with smokey reductive tones that compliment the underlying nutty butter notes. PALATE A composed and elegant Chardonnay, offering excellent fruit intensity, creamy texture. Stone- fruits are layered with definitive nutty burnt butter tones from the toasty oak. Brilliantly structured with bright acidity this wine is complex and powerful, with a harmonious finish.
Production Notes
The OTQ Series is a pure expression of Jules’ winemaking skills and her vision to create wines which speak of their place. Selected bunches of fruit from Meadowbank Estate were hand harvested, fermented with indigenous yeast and aged in French oak barrels. The resultant wine exhibits elegant and rich with stone-fruits tied harmoniously with tones of intense patisserie and toasty oak, held together with brilliant acids and a medium to full body.
Food Pairing Notes
Complimented by poultry based dishes also, crayfish and other rich white seafoods.